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TPP countries defy protectionist trend to maintain supply chains

Singapore teams with New Zealand and Japan to keep food and medical gear flowing

Meat, fish vegetables and fruit are among the items covered under a mutual supply initiative signed by Singapore and New Zealand.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- As many countries tighten restrictions on exports of vital products in response to the coronavirus pandemic, members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade pact are going against the tide of protectionism with agreements to facilitate free trade.

A plane carrying 20 tons of meat from New Zealand, including beef and lamb, landed at Singapore's Changi Airport on April 22, marking the first step in a trade initiative launched by the countries the previous week.

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